Study helps those without cancer find a cure for the disease

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You can help find a cure

While survival rates have improved for people battling cancer there is still a lot of work to be done.

Doctors are not the only ones looking for answers, you too can be a part of finding a cure. Julie Bishop asks, "Wouldn't you love to never hear the words you have cancer?" She knows all too well what this deadly disease can do. She lost her father to pancreatic cancer almost a year ago. Bishop explains, "I want to do the CPS-3 study because it's a small part that I can do."

Bishop is hoping to help in the fight by signing up for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3. It is a research study to better understand the genetic, environmental, behavioral and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Shelley Center, the American Cancer Society community relationship manager, tells 3TV, "They're looking for 500,000 what they call cohorts, where people get involved

in this study."

In order to be eligible for the study Center says you must be between the ages of 30 and 65, have never been diagnosed with cancer and you must make a long-term commitment which includes completing surveys for at least 20 years.

Center explains, "If you get involved with the CPS-3 you're actually fighting back and giving all the data that is necessary to one day find the cure."

People can enroll in the CPS-3 study at Relay for Life events in communities across the nation. Bishop did hers at an event in east Mesa. All you have to do is complete a survey, provide a waist measurement and give a small blood sample.

Center goes on to explain, "Now the blood that is drawn will not be tested. It's just going to go in storage so that when we find out through maybe surveys we've sent you in 10 years that maybe you've come down with cancer and, knock on wood, we'll be able to go that marker in your blood to see if there is any correlation between your blood atthat time and occurrence of cancer."< /p>

So far the American Cancer Society studies have played a major role in cancer prevention. Center says, "CPS-1 showed us there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer and CPS-2 showed us that there is a direct link between lack of physical activity, obesity and occurrence of cancer."

As for Bishop, she says whatever she can do to help in finding a cure for cancer is worth making this long term commitment. "Why should you do it again? A moment of your time for hopefully a future without cancer."

The next time you can sign up for the CPS-3 study is at a Relay for Life event in Peoria on Saturday, April 25.

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